Freight Car Repairer - Elkhart, IN 2024

Date: Mar 17, 2024

Location: Elkhart, IN, US, 46517

Company: Norfolk Southern Corp.

Requisition ID : 37079 




Job Description

Work shall consist of rail car repairing, inspection, and maintenance in accordance with federal and AAR regulations. 

Primary Responsibilities
-Ensure compliance with all railroad rules and regulations for safety and operations
-Inspect car components for compliance with AAR and FRA standards.
-Obtain information from computer regarding car components, destination, lading, and repair records and/or to file data such as repair information, bad orders, and car releases.
-Able to proficiently use cutting torch in all positions.
-Must qualify in SMAW and FCAW welding processes that include 2F, 3F and 4F positions.
-Operate forklifts, light cranes, and car moving equipment.
-Operate various vehicles, maybe required to obtain CDL for operation of Locomotive Service truck.
-Rerail cars and locomotives by using rerailing equipment and perform other work associated with wreck service on the railroad.
-Straighten, fabricate, and replace steel parts such as: grab irons, handholds, ladders, ladder brackets, and sill steps.
-Repair, remove, or replace defective components such as wheels, safety appliances, truck and brake equipment, couplers, yokes, draft gears, and air brake valves, weld broken parts or secure new parts.

Job Requirements
-Work safely to prevent on the job accidents and injuries
-Wear protective equipment such as hard hat, hearing protection, or safety-toe boots
-Complete annual training and pass safety rules examinations
-Federal regulations require random testing for drugs and/or alcohol
-Must pass all required assessments
-Must pass a background screening
-This position is governed by a union agreement and membership is required
-Must pass a post-offer medical examination, including a drug test

Additional Information

Physical Requirements
-Heavy work, lifting to 50 pounds occasionally
-Walk long distances over uneven terrain
-Demonstrate auditory and visual acuity/tracking/inspection
-Exposure to equipment that intensifies the heat factor on an occasional basis

Skills and Abilities
-Understand oral and written communication
-Problem solving and troubleshooting skills
-Provide clear instructions and directions
-Mechanical aptitude 

Minimum Qualifications
-18 years of age or older
-High school diploma or GED
-Mechanical experience

Preferred Qualifications
-One or more years of welding and fabrication experience
-Carman apprenticeship
-Veterans and transitioning service members are encouraged to apply. Military roles that often transition well to this position (but not limited to): 2141, 91B, 91H and heavy equipment mechanics are encouraged to apply.

Travel for paid training to McDonough, GA. Freight Car Repairers will complete 1 week of Mechanical Safety Orientation and 6 weeks of craft specific training concerning welding and fabrication. Norfolk Southern will reimburse travel and pay for lodging as required per union agreement. 

Compensation Data

-Company Benefits - Eligible 1st day of second month after hire (during training)
-80/20 plan for employee, spouse, and eligible dependents
-Union Benefits
-Medical (Managed or 85/15 Plan)
-$20K Life Insurance
-401 (K) First Day of Employment
-After 1st year of service: Eligible for Dental / Vision

Rate of Pay
-1st 40 Working Days: $18.81 (50% of Full rate)     
-Next 204 Working Days: $28.21 (75% of Full rate)     
-Next 244 Working Days: $30.09 (80% of Full rate)     
-After 2 Years/488 Working Days: $37.62 (100% of Full Rate)

Work Conditions

Working hours will include shift work over all 3 shifts, including nights, weekends, and holidays. Shifts are assigned/awarded by seniority. The work environment is a shop and outdoor work.  

Company Overview

Norfolk Southern Corporation (NYSE: NSC) is a Fortune 300 organization and one of the nation’s premier transportation companies. Its Norfolk Southern Railway Company subsidiary operates approximately 19,500 route miles in 22 states and the District of Columbia, serves every major container port in the eastern United States, and provides efficient connections to other rail carriers. Norfolk Southern is a major transporter of industrial products, including chemicals, agriculture, and metals and construction materials. In addition, the railroad operates the most extensive intermodal network in the East and is a principal carrier of coal, automobiles, and automotive parts.


At Norfolk Southern, we believe in celebrating our individuality. By leveraging the unique backgrounds and viewpoints of our employees, we can create a culture of innovation, respect, and inclusion. We know that employees thrive in a workplace where differing viewpoints, ideas, and experiences are freely shared and valued. As such, we encourage all employees to contribute their distinctive skills and capabilities to our organization.


Equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants regardless of race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation, and gender identity. Together, we power progress.

Nearest Major Market: Elkhart
Nearest Secondary Market: South Bend